I found a little pattern on Ravelry this summer that I fell in love with. It's called "Half Lotus Bunting". I found it very challenging to figure out but I worked at it until I did. I had mentioned in my Ravelry notes that I wanted to chart it for future reference. Since then, I've gotten quite a few email and Ravelry messages, blog comments, and Instagram requests for the chart. Seems that others are having trouble with the original pattern as well.
I got another message via Ravelry today and the sender was very frustrated at all of her failed attempts to figure out the pattern and asked when the chart might be available. That finally got me to stop putting it off. I grabbed some yarn, a hook, a pad of paper and pens, and my laptop to re-figure, re-write, and chart the pattern.
It was a lot of work! But, so worth it because I'm thrilled to try to help others make this adorable bunting. And, I'm sure I'll be happy I took the time to chart and re-write it when I decide to make another one.
I sure hope the designer doesn't mind that I did this. I love her pattern and so appreciate that she shared it for free on Ravelry. I just wanted to make it easier to follow and try to help others with it.
Here's a reminder of what this bunting looks like and the ones I've made...
This one is made with crochet thread and I added little tassels.
I love how it turned out. I think I'll be putting it on one of my little Christmas trees.
This is one I made for my daughter. It's made with Sugar 'n Cream yarn.
She loves it and so do her roommates. That makes me so happy! :-)
I made this one with Sugar 'n Cream and Handicrafter Cotton in Fall colors.
I love how it looks on my mantel!
Here it is....the chart. It's my very first one. They're not easy! So, apologies for how it's a bit "wonky". I hope it works and helps though.
I also took a photo of each finished row to help it all make sense.
The re-write/revision may not be exactly as the designer designed it but it's the best I could figure. If anyone has any questions or notices anything that needs to be fixed or changed, please let me know. Here's the re-write...
1. 7 tc in 5th chain from hook, sl st in beginning chain – 9 tc posts
2. Ch 3, turn, dc between first two stitches in previous row, *2 dc between each post of first row (repeat from * across), end row with 2 dc in last space – 8 pairs of 2 dc
3. Ch 3, turn, dc in first dc and between next two stitches, *ch 4, skip 2 dc, sc in next space between stitches (repeat from * across), ch 4, dc in space between last two dc pair, dc in next to last dc and dc in third chain – 6 chain loops
4. Ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, sc in each of the next 2 dc, sc in first chain loop, *ch 5, sc in next chain loop (repeat from *across), sc in each of the last two dc and third chain (3 dc) – 5 chain loops
5. Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, *ch 5, sc in next chain loop (repeat from * across), ch 5, sc in last four sc – 6 chain loops
6. Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc and in each of next 3 sc, 3 sc in first chain loop, ch 6, *sc in next chain loop, ch 6 (repeat from * across), 3 sc in last loop, sc in each of last 4 sc – 5 chain loops
7. Ch 1, sc in each of next 7 sc, *7 dc in next chain loop, dc in next sc (*2 times), 3 dc in third loop/center loop, ch 4, sc in fourth ch from hook, 3 dc in same/center loop, *dc in next sc, 7 dc in next chain loop (*2 times), sc in last 7 sc
8. Ch 1 (for corner) and finish with single crochet stitches spaced evenly across the top.
9. Give your bunting panels a nice finishing touch by gently stretching each one into shape and blocking with a steam iron.
10. Connect panels together by making a chain (the length is up to you); single crochet across the top of first panel; chain (your choice of how many) between panels; continue for desired number of panels; end with another chain. If you use thicker yarn (i.e. worsted), it looks great to turn and single crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way back across the bunting. It makes the string a little thicker. Enjoy!
Here's another photo of the chart with the key to the symbols...
The chart and re-write/revision can also be found on my Ravelry project page.